Kenora Great War Project


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Lands, George

Private George Lands (aka George Land) enlisted in 1916 and served overseas for two years. He was wounded at the Battle of Passchendaele and returned to Canada in July 1919. George enlisted in Kenora, Ontario on 10 May 1916, signing up with the 141st (Bull Moose) Battalion. He was married and he and his wife… Read More »

Billedeau, Hormidas

Born on 2 February 1896 in Keewatin, Ontario and baptized in Kenora, Joseph Hormidas Bilodeau was the first born son of Hormidas Bilodeau/Billedeau (b Beauharnois St Clement, Quebec) and Sarah Pelletier/Pelchie (b Aroostook Junction, Victoria, New Brunswick) who had married 5 November 1893 in Keewatin. The Billedeaus, spelling of surname used most of the time, were… Read More »

Park, John Harold Herbert

Private John Harold Herbert Park was the son of William Henry Park and Isabella Lumsden of Manchester, England. William was born in Ulverston, Lancashire and his wife in Dundee, Scotland. They were married in 1880 in Barrow in Furness, Lancashire and they had ten children over the next 27 years. The family lived in Barrow… Read More »

Lundmark, Victor Daniel

As per his Swedish birth record, Viktor Daniel Lundmark was born on 13 February 1887 in Aspliden in the parish of Byske in Västerbotten in northern Sweden. However on all other parish records as well as records after immigration, his birth date is always given as the 14th. His parents Anders Lundmark and Erika Carolina… Read More »

McCowan, Archibald Porteous

Archibald Porteous (Archie) McCowan was born on 23 January 1898 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. His father James Archibald McCowan, born in 1850, was from Scarborough, Ontario. He had married his first wife Isabelle Bowes, a Scottish immigrant, in 1875 in Pickering although the couple were to make Scarborough/Toronto their home. Together James and Isabelle… Read More »

Smith, Leonard Edward

Leonard Edward Smith was one of three of seven sons of Charles Alexander Smith of Keewatin, to enlist during the Great War. Leonard and his older brother   John Wesley Smith served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, while Charles Henry Smith served with the U.S. Army Born May 4, 1895 in the Muskoka District of central… Read More »

Drew, George

The son of John and Elizabeth (née Page) Drew, George Drew was born on 1 May 1895 in Rugby, Warwickshire, England. For the 1901 England census the family was living in Gorleston, Norfolk, England, father’s occupation given as engine driver. The children listed with the parents in the census were Elizabeth, Sarah, Ellen, George, and… Read More »

Essery, William Harold

Private William Harold Essery enlisted in April 1916, at age 17, and served in France with the 5th Battalion. He was wounded in September 1918 and spent the next year recovering in hospitals in England and Canada. William Harold, usually known as Harold, was born in Centralia, Stephen Township, South Huron, Ontario. He was the… Read More »

Alcock, Edward Joseph

Edward Joseph Alcock was born on 10 December 1896 in Rat Portage (later named Kenora), Ontario. His parents were George and Emma (née Barker) Alcock who had married 01 January 1883 in Faraday, Hastings, Ontario. At some point after the 1891 Canada census the family moved to Saskatchewan but by the 1901 Canada census they… Read More »